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Original Emojis to be Exhibited at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York

The museum will show the emojis in its lobby through the end of the year, using 2-D graphics and animations, and connecting the old emojis with the current generation

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Examples from the set of 176 original emoji characters, which have been donated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, are seen in an undated handout image. VOA

October 28, 2016: Move over, Monet. Go away, van Gogh. It’s time for smiley faces, cats and broken hearts at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

The acclaimed art institution announced Wednesday that it had acquired the original set of 176 emojis. They were a gift to the museum from the phone company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.

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They are not the adorable, yellow emoticons we know and love (and text) today, but 12-by-12-pixel images created by Japanese mobile carrier NTT DOCOMO. When they were introduced in 1999, they were an instant hit in Japan, but they took more than a decade more to gain worldwide acceptance.

In 2010, Unicode Consortium, which now controls emoji standards, translated the emoji into the Unicode standard, which means that a person in France, for example, can send an emoji to a person in the U.S. and it will look the same, no matter what brand of phone or operating system they use.

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Today, the Unicode Consortium recognizes nearly 1,800 emojis.

“From the start, part of MoMA’s mission has been to display and collect the art [and design] of our time,” said Paola Antonelli, senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the museum. “Our time is lived today in both the digital and the physical space.”

The museum will show the emojis in its lobby through the end of the year, using 2-D graphics and animations, and connecting the old emojis with the current generation.

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“[Emojis] as a concept go back in the centuries, to ideograms, hieroglyphics and other graphic characters, enabling us to draw this beautiful arch that covers all of human history,” Antonelli said. “There is nothing more modern than timeless concepts such as these.” (VOA)

  • Antara

    Emojis in display! Stunning project!

  • Diksha Arya

    The exhibition seems really awesome…

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Whatsapp Releases a New Beta with Many Tweaks

Bug fix, new skin for select emojis in latest WhatsApp beta

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WhatsApp has released a new beta that brings in a number of tweaks. Pixabay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has released a new beta that brings in a number of tweaks, includung a fix for a serious bug that caused the last version of WhatsApp beta for Android to crash for many users.

The flaw in version 2.19.335 has seemingly been fixed in the latest update, along with other changes such as new skin tones for select emojis, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

“Fortunately the 2.19.366 beta update is finally available on the Play Store (if you don’t see it yet, please wait 30 minutes and it will be ready to be downloaded) that fixes the crash issue and all other bugs,” WABetaInfo posted on its website on Friday.

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Whatsapp’s new beta version has added new skins for 6 emojis. Pixabay

“WhatsApp has added new skins for 6 emojis,” it added.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp has become the latest Voice over Internet Protocol services provider to support call waiting feature even as the company has skipped adding call holding for now, a report said last week.

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Earlier, when somebody would try to call you on WhatsApp while you were already on the phone, they would hear it ring, but, no one would answer. The call would then get disconnected.

Call waiting is available in v2.19.352 stable (APK Mirror) and above of WhatsApp, and v2.19.128 (APK Mirror) of WhatsApp Business, the report added. (IANS)